While the alpha geeks of the geospatial world were meeting at Where2.0 in San Jose, something really significant happened in Washington.
From the FAQ of the Obama administrations new website data.gov launched today..
“What are some resources for viewing geospatial datasets?
The geospatial datasets available on Data.gov are provided in up to three open file formats: Keyhole Markup Language (KML), Compressed Keyhole Markup Language (KMZ) and ESRI Shapefile. These datasets are all viewable in many commercial and freely available applications. More information about Geographic Information System (GIS) software can be found by doing a web search.”
It does not need to more complex than this for the citizens of the US to benefit, there are many individuals and organisations both commercial and non-commercial who can now build on this.
Written and submitted from the BA Lounge, San Francisco Airport.